Thursday, May 28, 2009

Bad! I'm a bad blogger these days. I have things to say, just simply don't feel like saying them. When the sun starts shining, the bees start buzzing and the flowers start blooming, it's really hard for me to sit down at the old computer. Weeds are calling, birds are chirping and sun needs soaking up. I hope you're all getting out, enjoying the beautiful weather and the company of friends and family. We went camping over the long weekend, up to Mt. St. Helens which is only a couple hours drive from home, but we had never done it before. Incredible, incredible sights. So intriguing and awe-inspiring. I would suggest a trip to the mountain for anyone coming to our Pacific Northwest. The devastation is still so staggering, even almost 30 years later. And beautiful. Here are a few shots from our local volcano. Enjoy!

This is miles away from the crater, but the mudflow came much farther than this point down the valley. Even with the re-planting of tree's and other vegetation, the mud and lava flow was so thick that it is still very apparent.

29 years later, pretty much still looks as if you've landed on the moon.

This is one of the many stumps on the mountain. The jaggedness is caused by the force of the volcanic blast and lava flow literally tearing the tree off the stump and flinging it up to 17 miles away.


Anonymous said...

Awesome photos. I remember when it erupted and how hazy the skies were here in Ohio from the ash.

Jeni said...

You've done it again -more terrific pictures to share with us. These are really incredible -showing the devastation still there after all these years.

Stacey's Treasures said...

Wow, that is so amazing!

Anonymous said...

Wonderful pictures Paula. I must confess we have only been up there twice since it blew. I would like to make it to Johnston Ridge this summer. It was soooo scary when it blew and we are down river a long way but still got the flooding and ash.

Sweet P said...

Wonderful photos! Mother Nature's creations never cease to amaze me.

Adrienne said...

Hi, Paula -
I seem to be in the same slump you are - I can't seem to get back into much blogging. Life is going at a crazy pace these days.

Love the photos of our local volcano. She was out in all of her beauty today as I drove to the airport to pick up my dear mother's cousin. I think it's time for us to take another trip up to the visitor's center soon. It seems like it was only yesterday that it erupted! Oh, how well I remember the terrible, unbelievable - and frightening - devastation all around us.

Adrienne said...

wow. What beautiful pictures. What an amzing place to visit.

Twisted Fencepost said...

Great post, Paula!
Awesome pics of Mt. Saint Helens. And it does look like you just landed on the moon. I would have cracked up if you would have stuck an alien in there somewhere.
And don't feel bad, I have my days where words flow and others when I'd rather be doing something, "anything", else.

Lucy said...

I always love stopping by and seeing your lush photos of the beautiful landscape you have. Always am awestruck by the beauty!

Have 'seen' you in awhile so just wanted to stop by and say hi!



Shelby said...

really amazing photos!! So gorgeous.

Terri said...

I too am always thinking of things to blog...really wonderful, exciting, deep thinking things...and then not. I am quite a writer in my own imagination! LOL

Interesting photos. I really do want to travel out your way some day. I have never been to the NW